“Betty White, We Will Love You Forever,” Reads a large banner at the Pink’s Hot Dog on LaBrea at Melrose avenue. For seven days tarting yesterday, the legendary hot dog stand is donating 100 percent of the proceeds for each purchase of the “Betty White Naked Dog” to the Los Angeles Zoo.
Pink’s Hot Dog joins a long list of tributes to the the actress and comedian who passed away on New Year’s Eve at the age of 99, just weeks from her 100th birthday, on January 17, 2022. The Los Angeles destination has a shrine to Betty White with a photo of her eating the Betty White Naked Dog, which is just the beef and the bun with no toppings whatsoever. The Betty White Naked Dog will also remain on the menu forever.
A January 2nd tweet posted on the Pink’s Hot Dog official Twitter account states that for the next seven days, 100 percent of the proceeds for sales of the hot dog named after Betty will go the Los Angeles Zoo in acknowledgement of White’s animal rights activism and one of her favorite causes.
"Betty White, We Will Love You Forever!!!"⁰2 honor the legendary #BettyWhite, #Pinks will donate 100% of proceeds for 7 days for each #BettyWhite #NakedDog purchased at #PinksOnLaBreaAtMelrose to the @LAZoo. ⁰#RIPBettyWhite pic.twitter.com/2tIgGbcTLU
— Pink's Hot Dogs (@pinkshotdogs) January 3, 2022
Pink’s Hot Dogs owner Richard Pink told CBS reporters why Betty White meant so much to him, and why he wanted to pay special honor to the Hollywood icon, “Betty White helped launch one of our locations at City Walk ten years ago, by eating a hot dog in front of Pink’s and said, ‘I like it naked! I like it with nothing on it – just the beef and a bun.’”
The actress known for her breakout comedic role as Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” which ran from 1973 to 1977, the “The Betty White Show” and Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls” appears to have died of natural causes, TMZ reports.
“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas tells PEOPLE in a statement on Friday. “I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”